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Stitched Skateboard 


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Stitched Skateboard 

Written By: Jenny Hart 


• Awl (1) • Blank skateboard (1) 

or thumbtack. . Leather lacing (1) 

Dri " C) • Wood glued) 

with 9/64" bit. 

Tracing paper (1) 


Embroidery became an obsession of mine about six years ago. Then it took a turn: I wasn't 
content stitching only on fabrics; I wanted to intersect new planes with stitches. 

Then last spring I was invited to participate in a group show of mocked-up skateboards to 
benefit the Knoxville Skatepark in Tennessee. This was an exhibit that would include 
painters Gary Baseman, Dalek, and the Art Girls. I guess I could've painted a board too, but 
instead, I decided to embroider it. Kickflip all you want, just go easy on the boardslide. 

If you want to compromise the structural integrity of your skateboard in the name of art, just 
follow my easy steps! Austin-based artist Tim Brown ( painted some clouds on 
it for extra jazz. 

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Step 1 — Make the template. 

• For this first attempt, I kept the 
design simple. You'll have to 
anticipate where the thread (in this 
case, leather lacing) will be coming 
through the board and pre-drill 
those points. 

• Make a configuration of points on 
tracing paper based on the 
endpoints of an embroidery stitch. 
This skateboard uses the feather 
stitch, whipstitch, running stitch, 
and straight stitch. Each drilled 
hole is where a needle would 
intersect fabric, or in this case the 

Step 2 — Transfer the template. 

• Lay your template over the blank 
deck, and with an awl or tack, mark 
points on the board for drilling. 

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Step 3 — Drill holes. 

• If you intend to ride the board, 
you'll want to add grip tape to the 
top of the board before drilling. Drill 
holes on the points you marked. 

Step 4 — Lace the board. 

• Make a knot in one end of the leather lacing. Pull through the front of deck and continue 
through pre-drilled holes. To make a laced edge, simply drill evenly placed holes near the 
edge of the deck and wrap the leather lace around the edge. 

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Step 5 — Finish. 

• Secure knot at end and daub all 
knots with wood glue. Add wheels, 
and step on board! 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 01 , pages 121-122. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 01 :01:52 AM. 

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